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March The Sweet Smell of Decay - by Paul Lawrence

 Order 3 or more copies for your book club and get 30% off - submit promocode BCSWEET in your shopping basket to receive the discount. It’s London, 1664, and Harry has a big problem. Harry Lytle has just discovered he has a young cousin, ...

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January The Beekeeper's Apprentice - by Laurie R King

Order 3 or more copies for your book club and get 30% off - submit promocode BCBEE in your shopping basket to receive the discount. The first book in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Series. 1915. The great detective Sherlock Holmes is retire...

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December Three Houses - by Angela Thirkell

 A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 'There is always in our minds the hope that we may find again those golden unhastening days and wake up and dream'. In these beautifully nostalgic memoirs, eminent author Angela Thirkell recalls in rich detail t...

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November Sister - by Manette Ansay

Another hugely acclaimed novel by the author of the multi-million-copy bestseller and Oprah's Book Club pick, Vinegar Hill. When Abigail Schiller's younger brother Sam disappears at the age of seventeen, unable to conform to his father's ideals of m...

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September The Flower Book - by Catherine Law

1914. To the delight of her parents, Violet Prideaux is set to marry local squire Weston Penruth, until an incident during their engagement party sees her leaving behind her friends and family and fleeing to London. There she meets artist Jack Fairli...

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August Young Bess - by Margaret Irwin

Growing up in the shadow of her dead mother, the infamous Anne Boleyn, young Princess Elizabeth has learnt to be continuously on the watch for the political games played out around her. It is never certain when one might rise in, or precariously fall...

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July Wild Girl, The - by Kate Forsyth

Once upon a time there were six sisters. The pretty one, the musical one, the clever one, the helpful one, the young one . . . And then there was the Wild one. Dortchen Wild has loved Wilhelm Grimm since she was a young girl. Under the forbiddi...

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June Starshine - by John Wilcox

Wilcox perfectly captures the horror and tragedy of the First World War in this vivid and moving novel. 1914. Outnumbered British forces are desperately trying to hold off the oncoming German soldiers in France. Star shells – commonly called &...

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May The Beekeeper's Apprentice - by Laurie R King

As we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the first in Mary Russell's 'memoirs', it's a great time to look back to where it all began...   1915. The great detective Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the st...

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April Amistad - by David Pesci

This powerful dramatisation of one of America’s first battles for civil rights brings flesh, bone and emotion to what has been little more than a footnote in history. Please make court understand we free men who want be free again. We want go ...

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March Devoured - by D E Meredith

The exciting first instalment in a historical crime series which lifts the lid on the dark days of early forensic science. London, 1856. The specimen-collecting craze is growing, and discoveries in far-off jungles are reshaping the known world in ...

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February Whole World, The - by Emily Winslow

An exciting crime debut set among Cambridge's narrow, cobbled lanes in which the shifting narrators used add to the twists and turns in store. Polly and Liv are American students at Cambridge University. Both strangers to their new home, both surv...

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January In Falling Snow - by Mary-Rose MacColl

The international bestseller, inspired by the real women who set off from Scotland to set up a hospital in an Abbey in war-stricken France. Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace...

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December Over a Hot Stove: A Kitchen Maid's Story - by Flo Wadlow

Christmas is a time for nostalgia, and of course, plenty of Downton Abbey on the telly... So sit back and enjoy this delightful glimpse into the life of a kitchen maid who worked in some of England's grand country houses in the 1930s.  At the a...

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November The Lavender Keeper - by Fiona McIntosh

Selected as one of Australia's Top 50 Best Books for 2013 this moving wartime novel, which moves from the fields of Provence to the streets of Paris, is a captivating story of action and adventure, heartbreak and passion, devotion and treachery from ...

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September The September Garden - by Catherine Law

A dramatic war-time story which transports the reader to London during the Blitz, to Occupied France, and to the rolling Chiltern hills of Buckinghamshire. It is the story of two cousins who, as squabbling rivals, are thrown together by the outbreak ...

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August Touchstone - by Laurie R King

A captivating 1920s thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series. London, 1926. Harris Stuyvesant, agent of the US Bureau of Investigation, is on a mission. A series of bomb attacks on American...

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July Bitter Greens - by Kate Forsyth

An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale\'s first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force. You may think you know the story of Rapunzel... Charlotte-Rose de la Force exile...

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June City of Spades - by Colin MacInnes

London, 1957. Victoria Station is awash with boat trains discharging hopeful black immigrants into a cold and alien motherland. Liberal England is about to discover the legacy of Empire. And when Montgomery Pew, assistant welfare officer in the Colon...

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May Three Body Problem, The - by Catherine Shaw

Blending mathematics, murder and mystery, this crime novel sees academic Vanessa Duncan put her mathematical skills to the test to solve a series of crimes. Cambridge, 1888. Dr Geoffrey Akers, Fellow in Pure Mathematics at St John’s College, h...

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April The Disenchanted - by Budd Schulberg

Considered by some to be Budd Schulberg’s masterpiece, The Disenchanted tells the tragic story of Manley Halliday, a fabulously successful writer during the 1920s — a golden figure in a golden age — who by the late 1930s is forgotte...

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March Point Blank - by Richard Stark

This classic novel (first published in 1962 under the title The Hunter) introduced readers to the character of master thief Parker - a character immortalised on film by Lee Marvin in the 1967 film Point Blank. This month, the new film Parker, sees Ja...

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February The Book of Weird Sex - by Chris Gordon

Did you know that in Romania men can be refused entry into the Orthodox priesthood if their members "don\'t reach the minimum length set down in the rules"? Or hear about the 85-year-old Sicilian who stabbed his wife when he came across a h...

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January Get Carter - by Ted Lewis

The original novel of the classic cult film starring Michael Caine, this is a tough, uncompromising novel portraying a stark society of people living on the dangerous border-line between crime and respectability. Doncaster, and Jack Carter is home f...

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December Three Houses - by Angela Thirkell

BBC Radio 4\'s Xmas Book of the Week! In these wonderfully nostalgic memoirs, eminent author Angela Thirkell recalls in rich detail the three houses in which she grew up and the childhood memories their walls contain. Focusing first on ‘The Gra...

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November Mr Love and Justice - by Colin MacInnes

This Allison & Busby classic introduces us to a world in which motives, friendships and values are never as simple as they seem. Frankie Love, new to his profession as a ponce, seems to run his illegal life on strictly fair principles. Ted Justi...

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October Nothing Like the Sun - by Anthony Burgess

Nothing Like the Sun is a magnificent, bawdy telling of Shakespeare’s love life. Starting with the young Will, the novel is a romp that follows his maturation into sex and writing. Through the distorted vision of a university lecturer, the trut...

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August Thank You For Smoking - by Christopher Buckley

A humorous and thought-provoking novel, Thank You for Smoking is one that gets people talking. Nick Naylor is the tobacco world\'s king of \'spin\'. In these neo-puritanical times, it\'s a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to...

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July Holmes and Watson - by June Thomson

They are one of the most famous duos in the history of crime fiction. Adore them or not, their friendship has lasted over forty-six years and delighted fans worldwide. This fictional biography offers a fascinating insight into the characters and live...

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June The Queen's Head - by Edward Marston

Steeped in the bawdy, boisterous and colourful world of Elizabethan theatre, this is the first book in the hugely acclaimed Nicholas Bracewell series. Set against the background of the Spanish Armada, a time of terror and triumph, the turmoil is refl...

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May Alfie - by Bill Naughton

A 20th century modern classic featuring the inimitable ladies-man, Alfie, who has been immortalised on the silver screen by Michael Caine and more recently Jude Law. The nationswidde tour of the new stage-production has just ...

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March The Mapping of Love and Death - by Jacqueline Winspear

In the spring of 1932, a cartographer\'s remains are discovered in France, along with other members of his cartography unit. His wealthy parents hire Maisie Dobbs to find the woman who wrote a series of love letters discovered among their son\'s belo...

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February The First Day of the Rest of My Life - by Cathy Lamb

An eloquent and triumphant tale about a fierce act of love and a family\'s legacy; about sisters, a battered and scratched violin with its own story to tell, a terrible secret and one woman\'s awakening to her own power... As a renowned life coach, ...

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January The Princess of Burundi - by Kjell Eriksson

Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel. When the mutilated body of tropical fish collector John Jonsson is discovered in Uppsala the police are baffled – he may not have been a saint, but who would want to kill him, and...

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December The Mischief of the Mistletoe - by Lauren Willig

From the bestselling author of Pink Carnation series, comes this witty standalone novel and perfect read in the run up to Christmas! ‘There seems to be a message written inside your Christmas pudding. And it\'s in French. MEET ME AT FARLEY CAS...

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October Absolute Beginners - by Colin MacInnes

A modern classic in British literature, Absolute Beginners, set in London in 1958, follows the world of a young photographer as he records various key moments in his life. It is a world of smoky jazz clubs, coffee bars, and hip hangouts in the cente...

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September Alice's Girls - by Julia Stoneham

1945 and the war is drawing to a close. For three years, the land girls at Post Stone Farm have worked together, defying Hitler in their own way. They have witnessed love and loss, found their independence, and made lifetime friends. Alice Todd has...

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August World Beyond, The - by Sangeeta Bhargava

Set in the exotic world of Lucknow, India, in 1855, a time of growing unrest as India tires of its English colonial masters, this novel intertwines the story of two lovers and two worlds. When Salim, an Indian Prince, and Rachael, an English girl, fa...

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July The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted - by Bridget Asher

A warm, poignant and witty summer read about family, love, heartbreak and of course the magic of Provence. Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her obsessive-compulsive seven-year-old son, and Charlott...

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June Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - by Jamie Ford

This wonderful novel has reached the heights of success (over a year and a half on the New York Times bestsellers list) through word-of-mouth recommendation and has become a book club favourite in America. Now you too can enjoy this moving  nove...

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May Napoleon's Pyramids - by William Dietrich

A captivating mix of history, mystery and Indiana Jones style adventure, this is the first book in a riveting new series. Follow American adventurer Ethan Gage, whose chance win of a medallion in a card game and sudden framing for a murder, leads him...

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April The Picasso Scam - by Stuart Pawson

Freshly reissued with a stunning new cover design, this is the first book in the hugely popular crime series featuring DI Charlie Priest (aka "Yorkshire\'s answer to Inspector Morse"). Sheep stealing and shop lifting may be the day-to-day c...

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March House of Angels - by Freda Lightfoot

An intriguing and emotional family drama, set in the Lake District in the early 1900s.  Livia, Ella and Maggie Angel appear to lead a privileged life in a large country estate, but since the death of their mother, their ...

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February The King's Evil - by Edward Marston

The first book in the acclaimed crime series set during the London Restoration period. Christopher Redmayne, an architect with Cavalier instincts, and Jonathan Bale, a Puritan constable, are hardly kindred spirits with Redmayne dedicating himself to ...

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January Sunshine and Showers - by June Francis

Liverpool 1926. Patsy Doyle is settling into her role as a live-in maid in the Tanner household, but caught between the warring spouses, Patsy becomes an unwilling confidante and a keeper of more secrets than she’d care to acknowledge. Meanwhil...

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December A Moment of Silence - by Anna Dean

A delightful heroine, a Regency setting, and the intriguing elements of a country-house mystery makes A Moment of Silence a treat of a crime novel. It\'s 1805 and Catherine, a young fiancé is enjoying her engagement ball. But she is left more ...

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November The Summer House - by Mary Nichols

A heartwrenching story of love and loss - and three women whose lives are entwined by tragedy. Spanning both World Wars, the spectrum of city and village life, the rich and poor, the story unfolds during a time of huge change. Lady Helen follows co...

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September One Foot Wrong - by Sofie Laguna

Nominated for the prestigious literary prizes, One Foot Wrong is unlike any book you will have read before. Seen through the eyes of a child, Hester - a girl of few words, verbally and physically abused by her parents, confined to her house, her only...

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August The Hidden Dance - by Susan Wooldridge

A moving and gripping novel, set in the 1930s, as English Society emerges from the shadow of the Great War and wakes to the nascent horror of Chancellor Hitler. The story unfolds aboard the SS Etoile, a luxury liner, during its five day voyage fro...

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July Henry's Sisters - by Cathy Lamb

This is a story about a family that’s fallen apart and ends up being put back together again. It’s about a Queen Anne house, a bakery, a motorcycle, a mid life crisis Corvette, flowery smelling pink letters, an amusing divorce, burning br...

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June This is the Day - by Daniel Blythe

To the outside world, Tom and Ella Barclay have everything: two beautiful children, a lovely home, great jobs and, of course, each other. But after fifteen years together the lines of communication have become blurred and with fortieth birthdays not ...

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May Stop Me - by Richard Jay Parker

A dark and gripping thriller that explores the dark phenomena of Internet celebrity, e-relationships and online obsession. Forward this email to ten friends each of those friends must forward it to ten friends maybe one of those friends of friend...

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April Objects of Desire - by C J Emerson

Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Award, this dark and disquietening thriller touches on themes of indentity, deceit, vulnerability and isolation. When social worker, Jess Chadwick, moves from London to the Welsh borders, she hoped to leave her har...

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March First Fruits - by Penelope Evans

Kate Carr is the luckiest girl in the world. Everyone at school envies her because her father is such a charmer, the most mesmerising minister in Edinburgh. She is his first fruit, his only child, his offering. He is training her up in his image, to ...

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February The Coffin Trail - by Martin Edwards

A riveting mystery set in a close-knit Lake District town which sees the reopening of a cold-case. When historican Daniel Kind moves into Tarn Cottage he didn\'t expect the previous owner, Barrie, to have been a murder suspect. The body of a woman wa...

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January The Musician`s Daughter - by Rupert Holmes

1940, San Francisco. Ray Sherwood, a jazz saxophonist, arrives in town with the Jack Donovan Orchestra and plenty of bad memories. When he is propositioned by two beautiful women on his very first day, he feels his luck could be changing...until one ...

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December Muddy Boots & Silk Stockings - by Julia Stoneham

For ten volunteer Land Girls assigned to a Devonshire farm, the increasing momentum of war in Europe transcends the tensions of their traditionally estranged backgrounds and drives them together to support each other in matters of love and family. T...

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November Third Strike - by ZoŽ Sharp

Bodyguard and ex-Special Forces soldier Charlie Fox is recovering from gun shot wounds but itching to impress her boss and get back to work. What she didn\'t expect was to be drawn into a dangerous case of a personal nature. When she hears her eminen...

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October A Changed Man - by Francine Prose

The compelling novel by one of America’s best-loved writers and National Book Award nominee. When a young neo-Nazi named Vincent Nolan walks into the headquarters of a human rights foundation headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer M...

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September The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - by Lauren Willig

The first book in the New York Times Bestselling series that blends history, adventure, intrepid spies, romance and wit to produce a delightfully captivating read. Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on two spies...

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August River Angel - by Manette Ansay

A haunting and eloquent story of small town life from the author of Vinegar Hill, the million-copy bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick No one could have known that the small Midwestern town of Ambient would be changed forever by the arrival of young...

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July Crooked Pieces - by Sarah Grazebrook

Longlisted for the RNA Award, this is a compelling historical novel set in London during the Suffragette movement of the early 1900s.Maggie’s new position as a maid lifts her from East End poverty and brings her into the world of the suffragett...

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June The Mystery Writer - by Jessica Mann

Reminiscent of the evocative Cornish setting that permeated Daphne Du Maurier’s books, Jessica Mann revives the haunting beauty of a region that inspires great writing. With Jessica herself playing a central role in the story, she beautifully s...

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May Little Children - by Tom Perrotta

"Not that they would, but if any of the other mothers had asked how it was that Sarah, of all people, had ended up married, living in the suburbs, and caring full-time for a small child, she would have blamed it on a moment of weakness. At least...

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April Girls of Tender Age - by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

A moving memoir, set in the 1950s, combining a family portrait and true-crime story. Seen from the eyes of the little girl she was back then, Mary-Ann Tiron Smith offers a tender family picture of life in a rather unconventional family. Her mother, f...

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March Sophia's Secret - by Susanna Kearsley

Carolyn McClelland, a writer of historical novels, finds herself with a familiar enemy; writer’s block. A change of scenery leads her, and her book, in a whole new direction. Writing about the attempted Jacobite invasion of 1707, Carolyn takes ...

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